Five takedowns from Belal Muhammad assist lead him to win over Vicente Luque in UFC Vegas 51 headliner
Holding his personal on the toes and dominating within the grappling sport, Belal Muhammad scored revenge on an outdated rival and a top-5 place within the UFC welterweight rankings, defeating Vicente Luque in the primary occasion of UFC Vegas 51.
This was a rematch from their preliminary encounter at UFC 205 in November 2016, which noticed Luque rating a first-round knockout of Muhammad.
Belal Muhammad in nice contender positioning following win over Vicente Luque at UFC Vegas 51
Both males had their fair proportion of strikes within the opening spherical, with each males touchdown kicks. Muhammad, nonetheless, appeared to have the stronger begin, thanks partly to a powerful takedown he landed, with some ground-and-pound to observe up.
Luque regarded to use extra stress within the second spherical, however Muhammad once more was answering again — and touchdown the higher pictures when it comes to each amount and high quality. Muhammad additionally landed one other takedown and bought to Luque’s again, albeit with no actual submission risk.
The tide appeared to show within the third, nonetheless, as Luque rocked Muhammad early on with a fast left hook. He adopted it up with a few extra left punches and was in a position to combat off a Muhammad takedown try. Luque continued to pound away at Muhammad — this time it was Luque getting the higher hand of their buying and selling. And whereas Muhammad did land one other takedown, Luque impressed by getting again to his toes and pressuring Muhammad once more.
Luque regarded to proceed his offensive momentum with extra punches to begin the fourth spherical, however Muhammad landed a takedown as soon as once more and bought into each arm-triangle and facet management earlier than falling off whereas making an attempt to get to Luque’s again. This spherical might have gone both approach, with Luque doing higher on the toes, however as soon as once more having little reply to Muhammad’s wrestling.
Muhammad went for a few takedowns once more early within the fifth, however one was stuffed, and the opposite Luque countered by searching for a choke he couldn’t get. Muhammad, nonetheless, bought again to his toes. And as soon as he took Luque throughout the cage and bought a takedown, it appeared over from there, as he absolutely bought the momentum again on his facet.
All three judges scored 4 rounds for Muhammad, with two 49-46 totals and one 49-47.